Wednesday 28 September 2016

Men questioned over horror rape attack of woman in park were out on bail

Ken Foy and Martin Grant

Published 30/07/2016 | 02:30

A forensic investigator at the scene of the rape Picture: Gerry Mooney
A forensic investigator at the scene of the rape Picture: Gerry Mooney

Two men quizzed by gardaí in connection with the rape of a mother were out on bail at the time of attack, the Irish Independent has learned.

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A manhunt is under way for a third suspect following the attack on the young woman in Clondalkin, Dublin, earlier this week.

The two men were questioned at Lucan Garda Station, but both were released without charge last night.

However, the Irish Independent has learned the two men - aged 19 and 21 - were out on bail for separate offences at the time of the brutal rape attack.

The two detained suspects are known to gardaí for minor theft and public order offences.

The pair could be held by gardaí for up to 24 hours, and a decision was made to release them last night.

Credit: Conor Feehan
Credit: Conor Feehan
The scene on the Ninth Lock road, Clondalkin, where an alleged sex attack on a woman took place. Picture: Gerry Mooney.
The scene on the Ninth Lock road, Clondalkin, where an alleged sex attack on a woman took place. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 28/7/16
The scene on the Ninth Lock road, Clondalkin, where an alleged sex attack on a woman took place. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 28/7/16

Meanwhile, a third suspect is still on the run.

The rape happened on Thursday morning at 3.20 on the Ninth Lock in Clondalkin, near the junction at the Neilstown Road.

It's understood the woman, who is in her thirties, was returning home after stopping at a local petrol station to buy groceries.

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The woman was pushing her bicycle along the footpath after leaving the nearby garage when she was grabbed by the three men.

She was pulled into an area of parkland beside the road, where the attack continued.

It is now known that the three men attacked her, but one man raped her.

Though the woman was threatened at knifepoint during the attack, there is no indication that the weapon was used on her.

The victim did not know her attackers and one source described the rape as "random".

Following the attack, the victim alerted gardaí and officers from Ronanstown Garda Station - which is just 400m from where the attack took place - rushed to the scene.

Gardai have appealed for anyone with information in relation to the incident, or anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack, to contact them at Ronanstown Garda Station.

Investigating detectives have also appealed to any motorists who may have passed the area in the time before or after the attack to come forward.

The woman was taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital.

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